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English language test results for entrepreneurs and employees relocating to NZ

Find out which English language test results are acceptable if you are applying for an entrepreneur visa or you are the employee of a business that is relocating to NZ.

Your English language test results

Your test result must be no more than 2 years old at the time you apply.

Check Table 1 to find out which English language test results we accept if you are the principal applicant for an:

If we have concerns with a home-based test, we may require you to take another test at a test centre.

IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR)

In 2023 the International English Language Test System (IELTS) provider introduced a One Skill Retake option for both their Academic and General Training tests. The IELTS One Skill Retake must be completed within 60 days of the original test date.

Cambridge language assessments

The Cambridge English: First (FCE) is now called B2 First.

The Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCE) is now called B2 First for Schools.

Table 1: Test and score required
Test Minimum score you need

International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

4 overall

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)

31 overall

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

29 overall

Cambridge English B2 First

142 overall

Cambridge B2 First for Schools

142 overall

Occupational English Test (OET)
Paper or computer-based test

Grade D or higher in all 4 skills — listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You need this score in all 4 skills because there is no overall grade for this test.

Other ways to show English proficiency

Instead of taking an English language test, you can meet our English language requirements by:

English-speaking background

Learning English after you come to New Zealand